About Fibromyalgia (02:21)
Dietitian-nutritionist and massage therapist KP Khalsa has experience treating fibromyalgia patients. People with fibromyalgia have pain throughout their body and other body dysfunctions.
The Symptom List (03:57)
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include: widespread pain, fatigue, morning stiffness, headaches, anxiety, and depression. The typical patient is an older woman with a history of insomnia and recent emotional trauma.
The Assessment (03:03)
Sean Riehl explains how to assess the eighteen tender points on a client. The point must be painful to register as positive. There is no definitive medical test for fibromyalgia.
Causes of Fibromyalgia (03:26)
No one knows for sure what causes the syndrome; there are many theories. Some causes are sleep disorder and trauma.
Treatment Basics (04:08)
One year, with diligent effort, is a reasonable estimate to turn fibromyalgia around. During this time, people will have good days and bad days before feeling better on the whole.
The majority of people with fibromyalgia have difficulty sleeping. Massage can play an important role in helping people sleep better.
Massaging the Legs (06:18)
Apply long, gentle strokes that will increase the blood flow. Massage feels good and can give fibromyalgia patients immediate pain relief.
Energy Work and Reflexology (08:14)
Performing energy work is one of the most effective ways to calm the nervous system. Riehl started his practice in massage by performing energy work.
Sleeping Supplements (01:44)
Tryptophan is in protein foods. The body converts this amino acid into serotonin, which aids sleep and leads to increased cognitive function.
Pain is one of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. The first step in discovering painful areas is to ask the client where they experience the most pain. A client's posture may contribute to muscle pain.
Evaluating the Tissues (07:09)
Test for springiness. Feel the area for the most restriction when performing tissue examinations, then rotate those areas with the palm of your hand.
Post Isometric Relaxation (09:47)
Relaxing massage helps to soften muscle tissue. To test the tissue, apply static pressure to the posterior part of the client's shoulder, and ask them to push their shoulder up towards ceiling.
Resistance Techniques (05:52)
Use your thumbs to work the trapezius muscle. The trapezius is one of the tender points used in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Caution: Heart or Kidney Problems Consult Your Doctor (05:09)
People who take magnesium can experience changes in pain. Vitamin D deficiency may be the source of chronic pain. Application of cayenne ointment can provide long term relief of chronic pain.
Other Effective Topicals: Arnica, Ginger, and Castor Oil (01:52)
People with fibromyalgia need to get involved in a pain management program. They need to exercise and be educated about their situation.
Over half the people with fibromyalgia experience headaches. The brain tissue and bones of the cranium do not have nerve fibers to send pain signals.
Headache Causing Muscles (08:48)
To start work on the sternocleidomastoid muscle, lift the client's head and rotate it to the left. Then squeeze the muscle between your fingers and thumb.
Eye Headaches, Jaw Muscle and Cheekbone (07:13)
To relieve eye tension, brace the thumb on the eyebrow and apply pressure with the index fingers. Be careful not to slip into the client's eye, while waiting for release to occur. Jaw muscles are extremely dense.
Chronically Tight Muscles (02:48)
Grasp the client’s hair as close to the roots as possible. Tently pull at a ninety degree angle, hold and wait for a release. Each position should be held for ninety seconds.
Vascular Headache and Migraines (09:09)
Alternative medicine states that anger can cause headaches. The mechanism for vascular headaches lies in the nervous system. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system.
Credit: Massage for Fibromyalgia (00:34)
Credit: Massage for Fibromyalgia
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